The Vondelpark, named after the Dutch poet and writer Josst van den Vondel, is the most famous park in the Netherlands and with its 47 hectars the largest city park in Amsterdam, visited by around 10 million people every year. It is located in the city center: south from the Leidseplein and in walking distance from the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum.
The history of the park reaches back to the 19th century and in 1865 is was first opened to the public. In the 1960s it was a popular meeting point for the Hippies.
Nowadays the green oasis with lakes, trees, benches and children playgrounds is loved by locals and tourists and the perfect place for a jogging, a picnic, roller-skating, skateboarding, a walk with the dog, having a drink in one of the bars and restaurants and simply for doing nothing and watching people strolling by.
The movie theater of the Netherlands Filmmuseum, is also located in the Vondelpark - in the Vondelparkpaviljoen. You can watch there different kinds of movies, from silent films from the 19th century to contemporary digital productions (in summer also on the terrace) or visit their exhibitions and lectures.
In summer a lot of activities and events take place in the Vondelpark, such as the Openluchttheater from June to August, every year since the ‘70s. It is an Open Air Theater showing you movies and theater, dance and cabaret – for free.
Apart from that, every Friday the Fridaynightskate starts in front of the Filmmuseum, where thousands of people skate together around the city.
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